Book Review: Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks

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Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks
Series: The Montgomerys and Armstrongs #1
Published: 2012
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Kindle
Pages: 418
Source: Library
Dates Read: January 23-26, 2019
Grade: C
Synopsis:Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her “touched.” Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn’t speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her duty—unprepared for the delights to come. Graeme is a rugged warrior with a voice so deep and powerful that his new bride can hear it, and hands and kisses so tender and skilled that he stirs her deepest passions.

Graeme is intrigued by the mysterious Eveline, whose silent lips are ripe with temptation and whose bright, intelligent eyes can see into his soul. As intimacy deepens, he learns her secret. But when clan rivalries and dark deeds threaten the wife he has only begun to cherish, the Scottish warrior will move heaven and earth to save the woman who has awakened his heart to the beautiful song of a rare and magical love.

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Book Review: Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet

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Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet
Series: Endeavor #1
Published: 
2019
Genre: Sci-fi Romance
Format: Paperback
Pages: 416
Source: Library
Dates Read: January 20-21, 2019
Grade: A-
Synopsis: Tess Bailey: the galaxy’s Most Wanted.
Captain Tess Bailey is in deep trouble. She and her crew are on the run, pursued by a tyrant who’ll take them dead or alive. Tess’s best hope is a tall, dark, and much-too-appealing stranger, Shade Ganavan, who says he can help her. But his motivations are far from clear…

Shade Ganavan: arrogance, charm…and that special something that makes you want to kick him.
With the dreaded Dark Watch closing in, what Tess and Shade don’t know about each other might get them killed…unless they can set aside their differences and learn to trust each other before it’s too late.

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Book Review: The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace

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The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace
Published: 2018
Genre: Poetry
Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
Source: Library
Date Read: January 17, 2019
Grade: B+
Synopsis: The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now—indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one. Continue reading “Book Review: The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace”

Book Review: Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare

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Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare
Series: Castles Ever After #2
Published: 2014
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Kindle
Pages: 390
Source: Purchased
Dates Read: January 12-17, 2019
Grade: A-
Synopsis: Clio Whitmore has waited eight long years to marry Piers Brandon, Marquess of Granville. But after such a long time, she’s decided she’s done with waiting and wants to live for herself now — and she has grand plans.

Rafe Brandon, brother of the errant marquess, doesn’t like this idea one bit and sets out to convince Clio that she should marry his brother after all. He’s even going to plan their wedding himself. But will his plan backfire in the worst best way possible?

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Book Review: Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton

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Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton
Published: 2011
Genre: Graphic Novels
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 168
Source: Library
Dates Read: January 12-13, 2019
Grade: A-
Synopsis: Hark! A Vagrant is an uproarious romp through history and literature seen through the sharp, contemporary lens of New Yorker cartoonist and comics-sensation Kate Beaton. No era or tome emerges unscathbed as Beaton rightly skewers the Western world’s revolutionaries, leaders, sycophants, and suffragists while equally honing her wit on the hapless heroes, heroines, and villains of the best-loved fiction. She deftly points out what really happened when Brahms fell asleep listening to Liszt, that the world’s first hipsters were obviously the Incroyables and the Merveilleuses from eighteenth-century France, that Susan B. Anthony is, of course, a “Samantha,” and that the polite banality of Canadian culture never gets old. Hark! A Vagrant features sexy Batman, the true stories behind classic Nancy Drew covers, and Queen Elizabeth doing the albatross. Continue reading “Book Review: Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton”

Book Review: The Joy of X by Steven Strogatz

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The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Math from One to Infinity by Steven Strogatz
Published: 2012
Genre: Nonfiction
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Source: Library
Dates Read: June 20, 2018 – January 12, 2019
Grade: B-
Synopsis: Did O.J. do it? How should you flip your mattress to get the maximum wear out of it? How does Google search the Internet? How many people should you date before settling down? Believe it or not, math plays a crucial role in answering all of these questions and more.

Math underpins everything in the cosmos, including us, yet too few of us understand this universal language well enough to revel in its wisdom, its beauty — and its joy. This deeply enlightening, vastly entertaining volume translates math in a way that is at once intelligible and thrilling. Each trenchant chapter of The Joy of x offers an “aha!” moment, starting with why numbers are so helpful, and progressing through the wondrous truths implicit in π, the Pythagorean theorem, irrational numbers, fat tails, even the rigors and surprising charms of calculus. Showing why he has won awards as a professor at Cornell and garnered extensive praise for his articles about math for the New York Times, Strogatz presumes of his readers only curiosity and common sense. And he rewards them with clear, ingenious, and often funny explanations of the most vital and exciting principles of his discipline. Continue reading “Book Review: The Joy of X by Steven Strogatz”